This mic is really snappy with a warm, high-end sound like the Neumanns and the Rode NTKs. It allows and captures up-close intimate performances AND the stand-back-and-belt deliveries. I bought it new and on sale for $157 and it aboolutely offers great performance, warmth, depth and clarity.
It has a -10dB pad for the screamers. Comes in a nice box with shock mount, spare shock mount band and pop screen to fit over the mic. The mic has a large diaphragm and is very sensitive.
The mic and its stand fell over in the studio once with no damage done. It seems very sturdy though I wouldn't push it.
You simply cannot beat this level of performance for the price. You can get "that major label sound" with this very reasonably-priced mic... try it, you will see.
The Wow Factor:
It is a great addition to any serious vocalist's studio. If you are a singer-songwriter or a song-oriented producer with a strong focus on quality vocals, this is the mic for you.
As a signed artist I highly recommend this mic... it delivers high-end, professional sound quality and outstanding transparency. My voice has a sultry/husky low end and a round, ethereal high end and I do a lot of layering in the studio, everything from belting to whispers. My focus is on very song-oriented electronic/dance music with acoustic guitars and multi-tracked vocals. The C1 picks up every nuance of my voice in a bell-clear fashion. I bought this mic after doing a project in a New York studio that had it in their collection. The C1 is comparable to the Neumanns... the U87, the TLM103 and the like... it is top notch, and yes, it delivers major label quality performances and depth of sound. It will make you sound like the real you (and it is so transparent that it will raise your skill level as a vocalist).